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About Lopez Southwest Kitchen
Opened back in 1979, Lopez Southwest Kitchen in Cleveland Heights, OH is easily a local institution. Dedicated to serving cutting edge Mexican fare, it has also earned a name for its stunningly hot sauce known as Gorilla Juice.
The menu at Lopez Southwest Kitchen is extensive and blends the foods of a Southwest kitchen with treats found in a classic "tequila saloon". Patrons will be able to choose from an extensive wine and drinks list, including house cocktails. Food courses include classics like guacamole or fajitas, but also more unique choices like a white bean suave as a starter and wild mushroom tacos or the angry hippie BMF burrito for dinner. Whether you are a vegetarian or meat eater, there is something for everyone at Lopez Southwest Kitchen.
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
Mexican / Southwestern
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - , Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - , Sunday 4:30pm -
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Lopez Southwest Kitchen Ratings and Reviews
Haven't been there in years and years but noticed the menu changed as has our eating habits.
There were lots of choices for vegitariane and for fish. Plenty of options to shares with a small
fee. We ate on the outside patio and it was lovely. A charming neighborhood jewel.
Once again a great dinner at Lopez. Years ago at Lopez y Gonzalez there was a nacho dish that was jalapeno jelly and shrimp. It was our favorite, still remember it some 20 years later. If you could bring it back some time that would be greatly appreciated.
When the first thing you see on the menu is the list of the staff... not just executive chef, but down to the names of the servers and service assistants and the parking valet... you know this restaurant is committed to customer service. And everyone came through. The guacamole trio appetizer is excellent, with traditional, bacon & blue cheese, and Lobster accompanied with escabeche. We shared four tacos - spicy grilled shrimp, seared tuna, catfish and smoked trout. All had incredible accompaniments like habanero salsa and gaucho crema. We also shared a dish of smoked gouda jalapeno grits. Yummy! Oh... and the nuevo flan was amazing as a finisher. We sat on the patio on a beautiful summer evening sipping pomegranate margaritas and wine. Perfect. This is not your grandfather's Mexican restaurant. I'm a grandfather, and I should know. This is a great one.
We were thrilled to find a nice place within walking distance of Cain Park. We laughed at some of the other reviews that compared the food to Mexican. Having traveled often to the Southwest, we knew the difference and enjoyed the creativity Lopez added to the traditional fare. We sat at the bar and had great service along with tasty Margaritas. We had grilled veggies , a smoked trout taco and a brisket taco, all of which were presented well and had outstanding flavor. I sure hope this helps bring along the Cleveland Heights neighborhood.
Our food was delicious! The only thing that I would recommend to the owners is that they be more informative on their menu as to the "heat" of their dishes. My mother enquired about the suave, and was told that it was like hummus, only made from white beans instead of chickpeas. Sounded harmless enough, but turned out to be extremely spicy, so much so that my mom could not eat any more than that first bite (and she doesn't have that tender of a palate that she can't take a little heat...). The wait staff and kitchen staff very kindly made her another plate, which was delicious. The lesson on both sides is that it would be helpful if the ownership made the heat levels available on the menu, and to the customer, you should probably ask about the heat level of the dishes prior to ordering, if heat matters to you.
A friend told me that I absolutely had to try Lopez, that I would not be disappointed...and she was absolutely correct! The atmosphere was very beautiful, the service was amazing, and the food was absolutely phenomenal! If you're looking for something different, this twist on Mexican cuisine is for you. We had the calamari, shrimp and grits, rice and beans, lobster enchiladas, and shrimp fajitas, all of which were delicious! The only thing that I had that I was not a fan of was the corn pudding, but hey you can't win them all!
My previous visit to Lopez (about nine months ago) left me eager to return. My friends and I were disappointed with our meals on our recent visit. A chicken dish was dry, and a shrimp dish lacked flavor. Though our server kindly arranged for a dish no longer on the menu, it was nowhere near as delicious as it was on my first visit.
Our server was pleasant and efficient, and the atmosphere was relaxing.
This was my second time visiting Lopez with my friend, and she specifically requested Lopez for dinner when she came into town. The food was very and service was excellent and the owner even came to our table to ask about how our evening was going. I can appreciate the extra care taken to make sure that the dining experience was to our expectations. And it was. I would recommend Lopez highly and I did.
I've been to Lopez 6-7 times and have never had a "bad" meal, but I finally figure it out what it was missing. I am never Mexican satisfied when I leave! The food quality is good but it is bland and it's like going to PF Chang and thinking you are eating Chinese food.
Lopez has been around for a long time and every time I go I am impressed with the service, the quality and originality of the food and the overall experience. Always meets my expectations. This time I went with friends prior to a play at Dobama and the service was efficient but not rushed and the food was impressive.
Awesome menu. Great selection of tacos and unique margarita flavors. Service has been excellent both times we've taken our office for a team dinner and everyone has had a great time. It's just a little pricier than I would expect in the Cleveland suburbs, and the tuna taco was very bland (maybe out of season?) We'll still be back!
Lopez Southwest Kitchen was a really nice dining experience. I went with my family to celebrate my confirmation. The reason I wanted to go there was because I love Mexican food. I was not disappointed by the food at all. First, I ordered the traditional guacamole which was good. The salsa that is complimentary is THE BEST SALSA I HAVE EVER HAD. It is fresh and addicting. Next time I go I will probably not get the guacamole because it is expensive and not all that impressive. The prices were reasonable, but a little high. The lobster enchiladas are $24 which was one of the most expensive meals. I would hope to eat at Lopez Southwest Kitchen again.
We visited Lopez on a Friday night in a group of 3 people. Our food was delicious. I chose a vegetarian quesadilla, which had a lot of flavor. The pinapple mojitos were also very good. The service was very good and we had a great time. The noise level was moderate -- not so loud that you had to shout in order to have a group conversation. I'm looking forward to coming here again soon.
The food was really, really good, even by Lopez' standard. The food took a bit longer than one might expect; it was busy but not unusually so for a Saturday night. Server was a pro and very nice, and the portions were large - all three of us took extras home. The only disappointment was - surprisingly - the margarita. I didn't ask specifically for fresh lime juice and the color and kinda-sickly-sweet of the fake lime flavor was a downer.
Had dinner with friends here on Saturday night. Had very good Guac to start, with some nice pickled vegetables on the side. Then I had the Escolar fish special, which was outstanding. Very flavorful. My wife had the Hippie Taco, which also was very good, and that came with a side of cheese grits, which were to die for.
This was my second time at Lopez and I enjoyed it just as much. The drinks and tacos are amazing. While our waitress was a little slow this time (esp since it wasnt as crowded) a man who I think was the manager made up for it with great, attentive service. Excited to go back when its warm for the patio.
My wife and I noticed a marked change in the food. Her fluke and octopus cerviche was excellent. I ordered three tacos and it was too much. The spicy shrimp taco and the brisket taco were a full and tasty meal. I really did not have room for the pork belly taco but it was good.
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